A tough weekend with our final results showing how difficult it was. Although running up front all weekend Mark Miller in the number 12 Berryman Products, Prefix, Liqui Moly, usaautomotivesupply.com Dodge Challenger received a post race penalty that pushed him down to 11th after crossing the line in fourth.
A tight battle from the drop of the green Miller in his newly sponsored Berryman Dodge suffered from understeer limiting his ability to get to the front. Miller was assessed a 40 second penalty for a minor last lap coming together in the 10-10a complex. “There was a lot of blocking going on-I could get inside but they kept closing the door.” On the fianl lap Miller got under the fourth place car who tried to hang on around the outside. The two touched doors beaching him in the gravel trap as Miller went by only to be later ruled “avoidable contact’ by the race director. “We made our case to the officials but in the end it’s off to Homestead for round three.”
Anthony Honeywell in the number 26 Camaro and the only Chevrolet under the Steven-Miller Racing, PREFIX, usaautomotivesupply.com, tent came home in 16th after having to make a pit stop during the 70 minute sprint.
Although a bit disappointed in his finishing position Honeywell was thrilled with his newly installed PREFIX Chevrolet LS3 power plant. “The power was so much better-the guys at PREFIX really stepped up for me. I’m thrilled to be a part of their program,” Honeywell said.
With the addition Honeywell’s LS3, PREFIX now is the engine builder and drivetrain development firm for all of the cars under the Stevens-Miller tent. “PREFIX is doing an outstanding job for us,” Team Owner Joseph Stevens said. “PREFIX engineers monitor the cars from the time they hit the track, download the data after each session, and check every engine post race. We’re just getting started. I know we will get stronger and stronger as the season progresses,” Stevens said.
After a great top ten finish in his first race the driver of the #49 Lifograph, Western Grinding, PREFIX, Liqui Moly, usaautomotivesupply.com Dodge, Ethan Wilson cut a tire down on debris that cost him two laps finishing behind Honeywell in 17th. “All round it was a tough weekend,” Wilson said. “There were some great drivers here this weekend and definitely a deeper field than Sebring. Road Atlanta is a big change from the flat Sebring circuit,” he said. “You really have to have faith in your car and your line here. With the elevation changes there are a lot of places where you can’t see over the hood. We learned a lot and I can’t wait to get to Homestead in two weeks.”
Rounding out the Stevens Miller team this weekend was Paul Terry in his #77 Terry Trucking, Prefix Dodge. Terry who had a DNF at Sebring had a similar result at Road Atlanta. Terry was hit from behind during a full course caution and ended his day. “We had some issues with how fast the pace car was leading the pack… first too fast then they slowed way up on the last lap. That caused everyone to check up and the car behind just crushed me.” Terry has been quick at every race but has had bad luck during the races. “Our team has the equipment and the talent for us all to finish in the top ten. I’m really looking forward to Homestead.”